"During the mass unrest, 40 participants [of the brawl] sustained injuries and gunshot wounds. Eight people unfortunately died from injuries. Police officers in the line of duty sustained various injuries, including two gunshot wounds," Turgumbayev said at a briefing.
He added that 47 people had been detained, with two hunting guns seized from them.
The incident took place on Friday evening in an area which is home to the Dungans, a Muslim minority group of Chinese ethnic origin.